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One Of Florida's Largest Food Pantries Prepares For The Holidays

Large boxes are stacked from floor to ceiling at the Second Harvest of the Big Bend warehouse. Donated food is sorted, labeled, packed, and distributed from 41,000 square foot warehouse in Tallahassee.
Gina Jordan

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is ramping up donations this holiday season for Hurricane Michael affected areas. Second Harvest is one of the largest food pantries in Florida.

Last September, WFSU reported on a food giveaway in Jackson County. It’s an area still recovering from Hurricane Michael. But, it’s not the only one.

“You know Gulf County comes to mind just simply because the partner agencies that we work with there were destroyed in the Hurricane,” says Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s Shari Hubbard.

Gulf County has only one partner to help coordinate food giveaways. Partners can be churches, soup kitchens, shelters, and more. However, Gulf County doesn’t have enough of these partners, so Second Harvest has had to do direct distributions. Hubbard explains:

“We announce that we’re going to be there within the community and word spreads and people come out and get food.”

Hubbard says, Second Harvest broke records on how many food distributions it made last year, and she expects more will be broken in 2020.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.